F.A.Q.

We are working to make the CSSR/SCÉR more accessible. We invite your inquiries for this F.A.Q. section.

MEMBERSHIP

When are CSSR/SCÉR fees due each year?
We encourage members to renew membership before each calendar year (December), but early in the year (i.e. January or February) is acceptable.

How do I create and edit an online member profile?
Click on this link to create your own profile: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=user/register
To edit your online member profile, log in to the website, then click on the "My Account" menu item on the left. Once you are on your own profile page, click on the "edit" tab at the top of your page. Once you are done editing, click on "Save" at the bottom of the page.

How do I renew my membership?
Here (via paypal or mail): http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/67 | http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/69

Do I have to be a current paid CSSR/SCÉR member to create an online CSSR/SCÉR member profile?
No. We now have a new Friends of the CSSR/SCÉR initiative. Read more about it here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/384 | http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/385

What is the Friends of the CSSR/SCÉR initiative?
Read more about it here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/384 | http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/385

How do I get myself on the CSSR/SCÉR mailing list?
By creating a profile on our website. We used to contact people through an email listserv but it was difficult to maintain with our growing numbers. Now we use the website database itself to email all of our current members (whether paid members or "friends"). That's why it's important to post your correct email address on your own online profile page.

How do I know that I am a paid member this year?
If you have a profile created on the website, then you can access your own profile page when you log in. At the very bottom of your own page is a window indicating your status for the year (i.e. "paid member" or "Friend of the CSSR"). If you are a "Friend" then you are not a paid member for this year.

What do I do if I am not receiving the journal Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses?
Please contact our Membership Secretary. Contact information can be found in our list of current Executive members on the website (under the "About" menu).


ACCESSING THE SAGE STUDIES IN RELIGION JOURNAL ONLINE

Instructions for activating your account and accessing the SAGE Studies in Religion journal online:

1. Click on Studies in Religion (SR) / Sciences Religieuses (SR)
2. Click on "My tools", and then "Manage my account"
3. Click on ACTIVATE Your Editor/Society Member Subscription
4. Enter your Customer/Member Number ONLY (leave "Society" as N/A), and click on Submit. You may access your "SAGE Customer Number" at the bottom of your CSSR profile page once logged in
5. Follow the on screen instructions.

Once your account has been activated you can access the journal by following this link http://sir.sagepub.com/ and signing in with your chosen username and password.
If you have already activated your account, please go to http://sir.sagepub.com/ and sign in with your username and password to access the journal.


ANNUAL MEETING & CONGRESS

What is "Congress"?
Check it out: http://www.ideas-idees.ca

What does the CSSR/SCÉR have to do with Congress?
Read about it here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/7 | http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/15&

Do I have to be a member to present at Congress?
Yes. You must also be a paid member to submit an abstract for consideration.

What happens at the Annual Executive Meeting, and how does this affect me?
The CSSR Executive meets to discuss a variety of business issues, which are then brought forth to the CSSR Annual General Meeting (usually scheduled on the afternoon after the Executive meeting). The business issues concern executive member elections, the graduate student essay competition, book prizes, and the budget. Minutes from the Annual General Meeting are available on the CSSR website.

Will I be receiving a CSSR/SCÉR conference program when I arrive for Congress?
No. We do have one or two copies printed out (usually in the areas of socializing at the conference), but we encourage you to print out your own program before heading over.

Where can I look to find more information about the current CSSR/SCÉR annual meeting?
You can browse our Annual Meeting link, here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/22

I conduct my academic work in the French language. Is there space for me to present my work at the CSSR/SCÉR?
Certainly! We have included french language presentations in the past, and will continue to do so.

Am I allowed to (or why should I) attend the Annual General Meeting?
Yes! You may register for the annual Congress here: http://www.congress2013.ca/register


FUNDING & PRIZES

Is there any funding available to students to travel to the CSSR/SCÉR conference each year?
Yes. Please contact our treasurer Dr. Richard Mann, for more details.

What is the CSSR/SCÉR Book Prize?
This annual award recognizes an outstanding monograph in Religious Studies written by a member in good standing of the CSSR and published during the previous three years (currently those with a copyright date of 2010, 2011 and 2012). In every third year of the award, commencing in 2015, the book prize will be awarded to a first book in Religious Studies written by a member in good standing and published during the previous three years. Collections of essays, whether by a single author or by multiple authors, are not eligible for the award. More information here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/28

Can I send my paper for the undergraduate or graduate essay contest?
Yes! More details here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/19


CONNECTING

How do I search for other CSSR/SCÉR Members and Friends on the website?
First you must log in to the website using your login information. Then click on the "Our Members" menu on the left side of the website. Once there, click on the "Member Database Search link."

Is there a CSSR/SCÉR Facebook group and can I join it?
Yes we have a Facebook group, specifically geared toward student members of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion. Access and join the Facebook group here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/50

I have recently launched a book, or my work was showcased at my institution. How do I share this with other members?
Please email our web administrator so that your work can be added to either our Members' Corner or our Member Bookshelf.


STAYING IN THE LOOP

How can I keep up to date with Call for Papers, Job Postings, Funding and other opportunities?
Look under the "Resources" menu of the website (located on the left).

How do I opt out or "unsubscribe" from mass emails, but still keep my online account profile?
You can find out how here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/409

My institution is holding a conference, how do I invite CSSR/SCÉR members to our Call For Papers?
Email our web administrator who will post this news in the "Call for Papers" section of the website, located under the "Resources" menu (located on the left side).

There is a job opening at my institution, how do I advertise this to CSSR/SCÉR members and friends?
Email our web administrator who will post this news in the "Job Postings" section of the website, located under the "Resources" menu (on the left side).

I have a funding or grant opportunity, or would like to advertise a post-doctoral position. How do I invite CSSR/SCÉR members and friends?
Email our web administrator who will post this news in the "Funding and Opportunities" section of the website, located under the "Resources" menu (on the left side).

I am looking for Professional and Educational Organizations related to Religion. How may I access these?
Check out our page of web links to these organizations here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/70


OUR SOCIETY
What do each of the Executive Members do?
We are in the process of writing formal job descriptions for each Executive member. These will be posted on the website in the future. In the meanwhile, you may ask Executive members for details.

Which other academic societies (e.g. the CCSR, IAHR) are you linked with?
Find out more here: http://www.cssrscer.ca/?q=node/7

How may I contribute to the CSSR/SCÉR?
Contact one of our current Executive members for inquiries.